Violence was ‘normal’ at Victorian disability group home, royal commission hears

The culture at a disability group home in Victoria was so bad that staff couldn’t stop residents being assaulted by other clients and violence had become “normal”, the disability royal commission has heard.

The inquiry is this week examining allegations of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation in disability services, focusing on two group homes run by the national disability insurance scheme provider Life Without Barriers.

On Thursday, the mother of a former resident and Victoria’s Office of the Public Advocate told the inquiry about the “high level” of violence in the home.

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